I am looking for a fun educational book about English language with a wide spectrum of knowledge and facts. I did some research but there are too many books and too many directions, I cannot read them all. I hope there might be some folks on this forum who already read some gems, or heard of some bestsellers. I am ESL person, but you can ignore that. Many native speakers as I understand could benefit from a great book telling them about the language they speak. I expect something that is humorous, captivating, instructive, knowledgable, useful, educational, encompassing things from grammar to style, from punctuation to perhaps some history, from fine details to bird-eye-views - just a word cloud of descriptive things. I bet such book would be a bestseller, because it would be just popular among many types of readers. A cool book about some deeper sense of English language for those who wish to learn and have different backgrounds. A book to satisfy many tastes and inspire many minds. I came by an example:
- Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
- by Benjamin Dreyer
. . . but honestly - this might be too hard for some ESL folks - I mean his extremely witty references that only seasoned native speaker can get. Any other ideas of perhaps some classics for broader audience?